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Half of Dentists Say Patients Are Coming to their Appointments High

More dentists are finding patients high on marijuana, often forcing a delay in treatment, according to the American Dental Association.

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Record Number of Fatal Drug ODs for Pregnant, Postpartum Women

Pregnant and postpartum women are dying of drug overdoses in record numbers, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse, a new study shows.

Deaths increased about 81% over the past four years, hitting a record high in 2020, according to researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.

"We've seen significant increases in fatal and non...

As Alcohol Abuse Declines Among Teens, Marijuana Abuse Soars

American kids are drinking to excess less and abusing marijuana more, a new study finds.

Marijuana abuse among 6- to 18-year-olds has increased 245% since 2000, while child alcohol abuse has steadily declined over those years, say researchers who analyzed poisonings over two decades.

"This dramatic increase does coincide with this huge wave of decriminalization in the U.S.," s...

Cases of Meth-Linked Heart Failure Are Spreading Worldwide

Methamphetamine wreaks havoc on the heart, warns new research that shows heart failure rates linked to the illicit drug are on the rise around the world.

Not only are these cases increasing, but they are more severe than traditional heart failure cases and they are striking all racial and socioeconomic groups.

“The increasing prevalence of meth [heart failure] across racial/ethn...

Fatal Drug Overdoses Among U.S. Seniors Have Tripled Since 2000

Growing numbers of older Americans are dying from drug overdoses and alcohol abuse.

That's the tragic takeaway from two new reports by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 5,000 people aged 65 and older in the United States died of a drug overdose in 2020, and this number has tripled since 2000, according to

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  • November 30, 2022
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  • Lots of Teen Boys Use Steroids, Often With Side Effects

    Steroid users, especially teen boys and young men, seem indifferent to the serious side effects and dependency associated with use of the drugs, a new study finds.

    “We're seeing more young adults and adolescent boys engaging in risk behaviors, such as the use of steroids, to achieve what many see as the ideal male body,” said lead author

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  • November 28, 2022
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  • Is Mind-Altering Ayahuasca Safe? No, But Folks Who Try It May Not Care

    Ayahuasca, a powerful psychoactive drug derived from a South American plant, is a traditional Amazonian-based medicine and an increasingly popular hallucinogenic brew used by devotees worldwide.

    But what is the ayahuasca experience really like?

    An

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  • November 17, 2022
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  • Pandemic Saw Big Rise in Deaths to Millennials From Multiple Causes

    Americans aged 25 to 44 — so-called millennials — are dying at significantly higher rates from three leading killers than similarly aged people just 10 years ago, the latest government data shows.

    Looking at data collected between 2000 and 2020, the new report from the U.S. National Center for He...

    Fatal Heart Infections Linked to Opioid Abuse Have Tripled Among Young Americans

    The U.S. opioid epidemic has been heartbreaking — literally.

    Young adults' risk of dying from a devastating infection of the heart has doubled to tripled in the United States during the past two decades, a new study reports.

    Researchers ascribe the increase in fatal heart infections to the growing number of people between 15 and 44 who are injecting opioid drugs.

    “We found...

    FDA Warns of Animal Tranquilizer in Illicit Drugs

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned health care workers to look out for patients who may have been exposed to a potentially deadly animal sedative, possibly through illicit drug use.

    The veterinary medication xylazine is sometimes added to fentanyl, heroin or other drugs, after either being diverted from the legal animal supply or illicitly produced, the FDA said.

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    Half of Dentists Say Patients Are Coming to Appointments While High

    More and more nervous patients are showing up stoned for dental appointments, often forcing dentists to postpone treatment until the patient sobers up, new survey data shows.

    As more states are legalizing marijuana, more than half of dentists (52%) report seeing patients high on weed or other drugs, a new

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  • November 8, 2022
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  • CDC Issues New Guidance on Prescribed Opioids for Pain

    THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2022 -- U.S. doctors prescribing opioids for pain relief now have a new -- and more nuanced -- set of guidelines from the federal government.

    Issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, the new recommendations incorporate new science developed since the last set of guidelines were released in 2016, at the height of the country's opioid epid...

    New Biden Plan Would Help Pregnant Women Fight Opioid Addiction

    Pregnant women addicted to opioids have both a compelling reason to change and a harder time getting medications to battle their substance use disorder.

    Now, a new plan from the Biden administration would expand the use of medications to treat addiction in pregnant women through federal court and h...

    Marijuana, Meth, Cocaine Use Can Help Trigger Dangerous A-Fib

    Using marijuana increases the risk of developing the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (a-fib), a new study suggests.

    It's been known that drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine and opiates can directly affect the heart and cause abnormal rhythms like a-fib, but weed can increase the risk by 35%, re...

    Feds Make Big Funding Push for More Mental Health Clinics

    The federal government is pumping millions more dollars into an effort to expand the United States' network of community mental health centers.

    Up to 15 states now can apply for $1 million grants to help plan new

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  • October 18, 2022
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  • Big Drop Seen in Drug Treatment Admissions During Pandemic

    Admissions to drug treatment programs declined sharply during the pandemic's first year, likely explaining a later surge in fatal overdoses.

    Among people of color, admissions dropped nearly 25%, a RAND Corp. study found.

    This is one possible reason for the recent surge in drug overdose deaths, according...

    U.S. Teens' Drinking, Smoking Declines While Vaping & Pot Use Keep Rising

    Fewer U.S. teenagers are drinking and smoking these days, but marijuana and vaping have gained in popularity — particularly among kids with lots of unsupervised free time.

    In Canada, Program That Supplies Safe Opioids to Addicts Is Saving Lives

    As opioid overdose deaths continue to soar, a Canadian program points to one way to save lives: providing "safer" opioids to people at high risk of overdose.

    That's the conclusion of a study evaluating Canada's first formal "safer opioid supply," or SOS, program. Such programs aim to prevent overdoses by giving vulnerable people an alternative to the increasingly dangerous street supply o...

    Experts Say New Street Drug Is ‘as Deadly as Fentanyl'

    Nitazenes: You've probably never heard of these highly toxic drugs, and neither have many Americans who abuse opioid street drugs.

    That lack of awareness could prove deadly, experts warn, because nitazenes are increasingly being added into heroin and ...

    Used During Pandemic, Telehealth Lowered U.S. Opioid Overdoses

    Telehealth flourished during the pandemic, and now a new study shows it saved lives: The practice meant more people struggling with opioid addiction stayed in treatment longer and thereby lowered their risk of dying from an overdose.

    For the study, researcher...

    Brain Study Shows How Fentanyl Kills

    Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that's driving a surge in drug overdose deaths, kills by stopping breathing even before someone loses consciousness, a new study reveals.

    To come to that conclusion, researchers ran

    Use of Pot, Hallucinogens Soaring Among Young Americans

    Marijuana and hallucinogen use are at an all-time high among young adults, U.S. health officials reported Monday.

    Compared to five or 10 years ago, the use of these drugs over the past year has risen significantly among 19- to 30-year-olds, according to the Monitoring the Future panel study. The new dat...

    Many Who Need Opioid OD Antidote the Most Can't Afford It

    Naloxone is a lifesaving antidote to an opioid overdose, but it may be priced too high for those most vulnerable to opioid-related death, a new study finds.

    Between 2014 and 2018, naloxone costs rose 500% for those without insurance, while out-of-pocket costs for the medication dropped 26% for people with i...

    Moving Away From Opioids to Treat Dental Pain

    Many opioid abusers cite short-term, legitimate use of an opioid for relief of joint or dental pain as their "gateway" into addiction.

    Now, research done at one New York State clinic finds that dentists can cut their use of opioids down to zero, using other painkillers for patients instead.

    The end...

    Meth Plays Big Role in Drug ODs in Rural America

    Methamphetamine is driving an epidemic of drug overdoses in rural America, a new study concludes.

    Researchers attribute the surge to meth laced with fentanyl or combined with an opioid that contains fentanyl.

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    Veterans Often Reluctant to Admit Struggles With Sleep, Addictions

    A new study of U.S. military veterans reveals they are more comfortable getting help for physical ills than for mental health issues.

    "The majority of participants indicated they would be willing to seek treatment for both physical and mental health problems. However, they reported significantly greater willingness to seek treatment for physical than mental health conditions," said princi...

    Playing Football, Hockey in High School Ups Odds for Stimulant Abuse

    Taking part in certain sports in high school may lead to misuse of prescription stimulants in the years after graduation, a new study finds.

    It reported that high school seniors who play contact sports are 50% more likely to abuse prescription stimulants in their 20s. Seniors who take part in any sport are more likely than those who don't to abuse these drugs, said lead author Philip Veli...

    B 8/9 -- When Pot Made Legal, Poisonings From Synthetic Pot Decline

    People appear less likely to turn to dangerous synthetic pot products in U.S. states where marijuana has been legalized, a new Washington State University study finds.

    Researchers discovered a 37% drop in poisoning reports for

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  • B 8/11 -- U.S. Opioid Prescriptions Are Declining

    The United States has an opioid epidemic, but there's one bright spot in the fight against it: Prescriptions for these addictive drugs have declined for patients with private insurance.

    Amid guidelines over the past decade from governments, health systems and insurers aimed at reducing opioid prescriptions, previous studies have pointed to a nationwide drop in prescribing rates.

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    Wave of Opioid Overdoses Expected to Hit U.S. Rural, Urban Areas

    Experts predict opioid overdoses will climb in both rural and urban areas because of the lethal practice of mixing the highly addictive narcotics with other drugs.

    The coming wave of opioid overdoses “...

    Fatal Drug ODs Are Soaring, Especially Among Minorities: CDC

    The nation's opioid epidemic is hitting minority groups the hardest, with the latest government study reporting the steepest increases in overdose deaths among Black Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives.

    While overdose deaths climbed 24% among whites in 2020, still an historic high, they jumped 44% ...

    Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

    In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to marijuana.

    "We found that teenagers are three and a half times more likely to have severe cannabis use disorder, whi...

    What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

    Doctor burnout and suicide are a growing concern, a new study finds.

    "We often overlook the physical health of our health care workers, but poor health can lead to difficulty performing tasks at work, which then leads to job stress and mental health issues," said corresponding author Dr. Kristen Kim, a resident in psychiatry at UC San Diego Health.

    About 1 in 15 doctors experience s...

    Will Medical Marijuana, CBD Ease Chronic Pain?

    Use of medical marijuana has surged across the United States, but a new analysis finds that evidence supporting its use in treating chronic pain remains surprisingly thin.

    There have been few well-performed clinical trials focused on pain relief from the sort of products you'd buy at a marijuana dispensary, including smoked cannabis, edibles, extracts and

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  • Dangerous Prescriptions of Opioids-Plus-Sedatives Plummet in U.S.

    Reacting to the nation's opioid epidemic, doctors in the United States are co-prescribing fewer opioid painkillers and benzodiazepines such as Ativan and Xanax, federal health officials report.

    When these drugs are taken together, the odds of an overdose, even a fatal overdose, increase sharply.

    However, between 2016 and 2019, co-prescription of the two classes of drugs fell by near...

    Setting Time Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Might Reduce Misuse

    Here's a simple weapon to employ against the opioid epidemic: New research finds that placing time limits on prescriptions for highly addictive narcotic painkillers may reduce the risk of misuse.

    In 2019, 1% of opioid prescriptions from U.S. dentists and surgeons were filled more than 30 days after bei...

    Liver Transplants From Donors Who Overdosed Rose During Pandemic

    Organs from donors who died of drug overdoses helped keep the number of U.S. liver transplants steady during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds.

    "When the pandemic began, we saw no decline in liver transplants, which seemed surprising since many surgeries were canceled or postponed," said lead author Peter Lymberopoulos, a fourth-year medical student at St. George'...

    Too Few People Treated for Opioid Use Get Anti-Overdose Med

    A potentially lifesaving drug that reduces overdose risk is prescribed to less than half of Americans treated for opioid addiction, a new study finds.

    This underuse of buprenorphine is "equivalent to giving those with advanced cancer a less aggressive ...

    U.S. Fatal Drug ODs Rose Again in 2021, But Increase Is Slowing

    Drug overdose deaths in the United States continue to climb, but at a slower pace, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

    Early data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that nearly 108,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021.

    "Drug overdose deaths are s...

    Leftover Opioids After Surgery? Mailed Kits Double Rate of Proper Disposal

    Could giving surgery patients ready-to-use mailed disposal kits for unused opioids lower the risk of abuse of the drugs?

    Yes, claims a new study that found patients with unused opioid pain pills are much more likely to d...

    Ohio State Warns of Fake Adderall Pills After Two Students Die

    Ohio State University is warning students to be wary of fake Adderall pills after two students died last week.

    University officials said that Columbus Public Health has warned the community about the counterfeit Adderall, which contain the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl and are fueling increases in overdoses and hospitalizations in the area.

    "Be aware of the possibility of unexpec...

    Smoking Rates Drop for Americans Battling Depression, Substance Abuse

    Folks who struggle with depression and substance use disorders often tend to be smokers, but a new study finds that smoking rates among these vulnerable Americans have fallen significantly.

    "This study shows us that at a population-level,...

    Mental Health Issues Linked to Higher Risk of Breakthrough COVID Infections

    People with substance abuse disorders, depression and other mental health conditions may be at higher risk for COVID-19 -- even when they are fully vaccinated, new research suggests.

    "Individuals with psychiatric disorders, and especially older adults with psychiatric disorders, may be particularly vulnerable to breakthrough infections," said study author Kristen Nishimi, a postdoctoral f...

    Pandemic Brought Surge in Fatal Drug Overdoses in U.S. Teens

    Drug overdose deaths among America's teens have skyrocketed during the pandemic, and not because drug use is more common, researchers report.

    In 2020, overdose deaths among adolescents nearly doubled, compared with 10 years before the pandemic. They rose another 20% in the first six months of 2021, a new study finds.

    "Teen drug use rates are at historic lows, so this is really becau...

    Teens Who Misuse Drugs Rarely Shake the Issue as Adults: Study

    Does youthful experimentation with drugs and alcohol always fade with age? Not necessarily, a long-term study warns.

    Researchers found that more than 60% of teens who report heavy use of alcohol, marijuana, and/or other drugs continue to have a drug problem as adults, often involving misuse of p...

    Police Records Show Use of Illegal Fentanyl-Laced Pills Soaring

    Dovetailing with a surge in overdose deaths, the United States has seen a sharp rise in seizures of illicit fentanyl, according to a new report.

    Law enforcement seizures of pills containing illicit fen...

    Too Few People With Opioid Disorder Receive Best Treatments

    Even though medication is considered the most effective therapy for opioid addiction, many Americans who need it don't receive it, a new study finds.

    "Evidence supporting the effectiveness of medication for opioid use disorder - such as methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone - is unequivocal, but most people who needed [opioid addiction] treatment in the U.S. did not receive this gold sta...

    Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

    Medical marijuana could be a viable alternative to opioid painkillers for people dealing with arthritis or chronic back pain, two new studies show.

    Many patients prescribed opioids for their chronic pain wound up taking fewer painkillers -- or stopping them altogether -- after doctors ce...

    Could the Party Drug Ecstasy Help Treat PTSD?

    The party drug "ecstasy" might be the key to helping people heal from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new clinical trial results indicate.

    In a small study, PTSD patients treated with a powerful combination of the psychedelic drug, also known as MDMA, and talk therapy were much more likely to...

    Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

    Using medical marijuana to treat pain, anxiety or depression may quickly lead to dependence, without relieving symptoms, a new study suggests.

    Those most at risk for misusing medical marijuana are patients using it to treat anxiety and depression, the researchers found. Based on these findings, the b...

    Some Teens Are Overdosing With Meds Prescribed for ADHD, Anxiety

    Taken correctly, prescription drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help teens and young adults navigate their condition, but a new study finds many are dying from overdosing on these medications.

    In 2019,

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